It was a meaningful, albeit, much subdued, Mid-Autumn Festival at Mandani Bay on September 26, 2020.
The raging pandemic notwithstanding, Mandani Bay marked the significant Chinese holiday with an inviting spread of dimsum favorites, fruits and delectable mooncakes. Glowing paper lanterns suspended from the high ceiling of the Mandani Bay Show Gallery and dotting the surrounding lush gardens lent a warm, robust feeling to guests.
The Mid-Autumn Festival was held as a strict by-invitation-only affair in keeping with prevailing health and safety protocols. In spite of restrictions, partners and clients enjoyed the opportunity to celebrate the holiday and experience Mandani Bay Quay Tower 3, centerpiece of the afternoon Open House.
The Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as the Mooncake or Harvest Festival is an important Chinese tradition adopted by Mandani Bay to usher good energy into the property and to wish the best on its inhabitants.
Second only to the Chinese Lunar New Year in importance on the Chinese calendar, this holiday is anticipated for the joyful family parties, traveling, moon-gazing and lantern shows. The holiday falls on the 15th day of the eighth month on the lunar calendar.
The Mid-Autumn Festival has its roots in a 3,000-year-old legend of a beautiful Chinese lady, Chang’e who was taken up to the moon. Chang’e became the Moon Goddess because she had to take the elixir of immortality to keep it from being taken by thieves while her husband wasn’t home. Her husband, Hou Yi, a brilliant archer, had been rewarded with the elixir for shooting down nine of the ten suns which were, at that time, giving off insufferable heat. Hou Yi, who was left alone on earth and missed his wife so much, made an offering to the moon while trying to find the shape of Chang’e on the moon, a practice that has caught on to this very day.